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How Phil Younghusband keeps himself energized

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How Phil Younghusband keeps himself energized
By Walter Ang
July 26, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The chicken-and-egg scenario can be applied to Filipino-British football player Phil Younghusband and the state of acceptance of football by Filipinos. Is it his good looks and charisma that's making the sport popular? Or is the current winning streak of the Philippine team, popularly known as the Azkals, in international games the impetus for his popularity?

For fans of both, it's not an issue; It's a win-win situation. There's more awareness for the sport and they get to see a pretty face on the field as well.

His winning skills, attitude and lifestyle is what made VitWater Power select him as its new endorser, allowing him to step into the role formerly held by world-boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

"I feel very honored not only to be the newest brand endorser of Vitwater but more so because the previous endorser of the brand is a multi-world champion," Youngh…

Campus-based theater groups unveil 2011-2012 season lineups

Campus-based theater groups unveil season lineups for 2011-2012
By Walter Ang
July 18, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manila's two major campus-based theater groups announce their season offerings for the school year 2011-2012.

Both groups will commemorate Philippine national hero José Rizal's sesquicentennial by staging his works and each will stage its own Filipino adaptation of a William Shakespeare play.

Rizalania
Dulaang UP, the University of the Philippines' official performing theater arts group, is on its 36th season. From July to August, it will stage "Rizal X," a production that aims to rediscover and reintroduce the relevance of Rizal.

"It will compile different points of view toward Rizal, his works and his life, in a collaboration of text, dance, music, film, visual arts," says director Dexter Santos.

Based on a concept by Santos, this original production will feature the works of different poets, playwrights, choreographers, filmmakers and a…

Eating Spanish Shakespeare

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Eating Spanish Shakespeare
By Walter Ang
July 11, 2011
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The prospect of watching a play in a foreign language can be daunting. You never know if you’ll be bored to death or be rewarded with an experience that fires up the cells in your brain and nerves in your body.

In Barcelona, we caught a Spanish translation of William Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus,” staged by experimental theater group La Fura dels Baus.

Three discoveries convinced us to catch their show: “La Fura dels Baus” means “vermin from the sewers” in Catalan (the dominant language in Barcelona alongside Castilian Spanish); their staging would include a meal being cooked as the play progressed; and excerpts of the production on Youtube (the images in their trailers, exciting as they are, do not do justice to the real thing, as we would soon find out).

“Degustacion de Titus Andronicus” not only fires up the brain cells, it quickens the heart, attacks the nose and tongue, rattles the nerves, and pack…

Theaterbatoring GT's Rizal-novels plays 2011

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thoughts on GT's rizal-novels plays 2011
by walter ang
july 11, 2011
theaterbator.blogspot.com
http://theaterbator.blogspot.com/2011/07/theaterbatoring-gtfs-rizal-novels-plays.html

For its 2011-2012 season, Gantimpala Theater opens with the "Rizal-novels" plays, namely, "Kanser" (Jomar Fleras' version of "Noli Me Tangere") and "El Filibusterismo" to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Rizal's birth.  This inverts its usual practice of opening its seasons with "Ibong Adarna" and "Florante at Laura."

I think it would be nice if GT could schedule a show or two of its Rizal-novels plays in the evening so that adult audiences (okay, 25 and above) can have a chance to watch:

1. A play version of the Rizal novels.  Even if there will be a slew of Rizal-related productions for the second half o…